It is not a method of pain relief! It is a full antenatal education programme designed to be practised in preparation for giving birth, allowing you to work with your body and help you achieve the birth you want.
Hypnobirthing will provide you with the powerful knowledge and tools to let go of fears and anxieties surrounding childbirth, and instead focus on building positivity and confidence, allowing you to look forward to the birth of your baby. It will change your perceptions of birth from the painful, unmanageable ordeal that everyone tends to expect, to the instinctive, gentle and empowering experience that birth should be - one where your body does exactly what it was designed to do!
It involves learning life-changing skills including deep relaxation, visualisation and breathing techniques alongside a sound knowledge of labour and birth physiology, your choices about your care, physical preparation and the all-important role of your birth partner.
The course is made up of lots of logical, simple, practical elements, which together will make a profound difference to how calm, relaxed and in control you feel during pregnancy and birth.
So, despite the name 'Hypnobirthing', there's nothing hippy or airy fairy here. Actually, it's the real, honest insights of an experienced practising midwife and hypnobirthing mum-of-two that really sets a Little Passengers course aside from any other hypnobirthing course. You will gain precious insider knowledge of how the maternity care system works, how to work with care providers to achieve the best outcome for you, and the ability to make safe but personalised informed decisions for you and your baby.
You only get to birth this baby once and it should be a life-changing experience for the right reasons! Let me share with you the ability to relax & enjoy birth, no matter which planned or unexpected directions your birth journey takes you in...
The fact that you are here researching Hypnobirthing classes means that you are already making fantastic choices in your pregnancy! Choose Little Passengers and make a big difference to birth for you and your baby...
“Hypnobirthing is soundly based on established medical knowledge.”
The seeds were first sown with the work of eminent obstetrician Dr. Grantly Dick-Read. He witnessed a homebirth in the slums of the London docks in 1913, where the mother refused any pain relief, giving birth quickly and apparently comfortably. Grantly Dick-Read was truly amazed.
When he asked afterwards why she refused the pain relief, the mother commented “It didn’t hurt. It wasn’t meant to was it, Doctor?” This experience was defining, and after a career of working on the battle field and in hospitals he theorised that fear was the overriding cause that led to pain in childbirth. In his well-regarded book “Childbirth Without Fear”, he hypothesised that when you are fearful, you tense up and the natural birth process is inhibited, becoming longer and more painful.
Over the years these theories have been fully vindicated with research into how hormones work during childbirth. Grantly Dick-Read's principles have been further developed by a number of natural birth practitioners, with Hypnobirthing being the most notable and widely practised.
Today Hypnobirthing is known by every midwife in the UK and many have trained in KG Hypnobirthing, including professors of midwifery and NHS heads of midwifery. It is practised internationally and is rapidly spreading throughout the world. Join me in spreading the positivity of KG Hypnobirthing in Bristol and Somerset!